Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops
We love fashion. But the clothes we buy in the UK come at a terrible cost. Millions of workers around the world suffer poverty wages and exploitation, producing cheap fashion for our shops. This can't go on. We demand a fashion industry that respects workers' rights. Our government must act now to protect the people who make our clothes.
War on Want is leading the biggest ever call for the government to regulate companies and put an end to the exploitation of overseas workers. Our aim is to have thousands of people join our call for immediate government action. It's an ambitious goal, but together we can bring an end to sweatshop exploitation.
War on Want's research on the sweatshop conditions facing the workers who make our clothes has made front page news and attracted attention nationwide. Yet in spite of widespread awareness of the issue, it is not always clear what practical steps members of the UK public can take to end sweatshop labour abroad. Asking companies to regulate themselves hasn't worked. Boycotts have only led to further job losses.
Sustainable change can only be achieved through government regulation that protects the rights of workers supplying UK companies. We are demanding that the government regulate the business practices of UK retailers to ensure that overseas workers are guaranteed a living wage, decent working conditions and the right to join a trade union. To get there, its important we highlight how companies like Adidas refuse to commit to paying a living wage to their workers, while raking in the millions from sponsorship deals.
Ending the exploitation is a big job – change won't come overnight. But it's also a necessary one. Together we can end the injustice of sweatshops, and ensure the dignity of workers everywhere.
Three actions to stop sweatshop exploitation:
|Take action as part of our latest sweatshop campaign|
|Order some action cards, stickers, posters and badges and get your family, colleagues and friends involved and help us gain more support|
|Hold your own Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops stall / event / clothes-swap / club-night / fundraiser. Want tips on how to run a successful event in your area? Read our ideas and advice pages|
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